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HAVARD ENSTAD

Håvard Enstad, born 31.12.84, is a pianist, cellist and composer from Norway. He started to play piano at the age of 8, and also started composing at a very young age. At the age of 18 he entered the Norwegian Academy of Music to study under the professor Jens Harald Bratlie. And was there for 3 years before he left to study one year as an exchange student at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona. He graduaded in spring 2008 with excellent reviews. A part from playing classical music, Håvard is a very broad minded musician. He has participated in many different musical productions in many different styles. At the age of 16 he started playing the cello which now permits him also to work as a cellist. Lately his great interest for folk/traditional music from all over the world has led him to participate in folk festivals, playing in different folk groups and touring in Sweden, Croatia, Slovenia and Belgium. Håvard is currently forming part of many different groups/ensembles where he both acts as pianist and cellist, Neila Benbey, an Algerian singer based in Barcelona, HAV folk trio, plays music from Balkan, Scandinavia and Armenia.  In 2011 he funded Barcelona Ethnic Band, a group who plays traditional music from the whole world. They have performed all over Catalunya, and released their first album in 2013.

 

PAU BAIGES

Pau Baiges began to learn music in general and the piano in particular when he was six. He holds certificates from the ESMUC, the Richard Strauss Konservatorium of Munich and the Koniklijk Conservatorium of Brussels. He has also studied jazz and improvisation at the Barcelona Taller de Músics and the traditional music of many countries.

He has played the accordeon at "Ethno" Festivals in Sweden, Croatia, Slovenia and Portugal. He has performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles and has directed several stage productions, including operas, in different parts of Europe. He has won prizes for the piano and for chamber music at several music festivals and has also been awarded various grants during his training. He lived in Belgium from 2011 to 2015 and worked as a teacher and pianist at the "La Petite Maison" psychiatric hospital in Chastre, as part of the Equinox socio-artistic project directed by Maria Joao Pires. He is one of the founders of the Barcelona Ethnic Band, in which he has been

playing since 2010.

 
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